1.Participate in and contribute to the direct delivery of compassionate patient care.
2.To lead the shift, co-ordinating care, liasing with consultants and supervising more junior staff to ensure excellent patient care.
3.Assist with effective organisation and staffing of the ward.
4.Provide professional leadership to junior staff.
5.Effectively liaise and co-operate with all wards and departments within the hospital.
1.Be aware of and comply with the NMC Codes of Professional Conduct for Nurses and EC directives.
2.Assist the Night and Ward Sisters in maintaining and enforcing the hospital's procedures and policies.
3.Inform Matron's Office/ Night Sister of relevant changes which occur, including accidents and incidents.
4.To participate in designated Committees/Working Parties within the hospital as required.
5.To assist in the orientation of new staff.
1.To co-ordinate and assess patients' needs and develop, implement and evaluate programmes of care, giving a high standard of care and professional conduct at all times.
2.To carry out nursing and medical instructions competently and promptly.
3.To promote and maintain professional confidentiality at all times.
4.To inform the Night Sister when changes occur with patient care.
5.To ensure and maintain safe, evidence based practice at all times.
6.Responsibility for maintaining patient records within agreed policy and that all clinical and legal documents are completed accurately and legibly.
7.To provide a suitable environment for the physical and psychological well being of patients and their relatives.
8.Develop practice in line with developments in nursing and to meet the needs of patients.
1.To ensure safe custody and administration of drugs in accordance with established policies, procedures and law.
2.To be aware of fire regulations, fire procedures and evaluation protocols.
3.To be aware of the implications of the Health & Safety at Work Act, as it affects the Ward.
4.To check that equipment is regularly maintained and that staff always use equipment safely, competently and correctly.
5.To practice safe economy in the use of medical supplies, equipment and human resources where possible.
6.To participate in the updating and implementation of hospital policies and procedures.
7.To take responsibility for the ward when required, including supervision and leadership of junior staff and student nurses.
8.To take charge of the department for the management of the daily responsibilities, including work allocation, deployment and supervision of staff, to ensure smooth running of the area.
9.To give concise, relevant verbal and written reports to patients, carers, consultants, and other members of MDT to ensure effective communication.
10.Document patient care using the care planning system in place, based on the Roper, Logan and Tierney Model of Nursing and, where relevant, Integrated Care Pathways.
11.To attend meetings and to impart necessary information to ward staff.
12.When in charge, discuss problems with the RMO and Matron's Office when changes occur that may affect standards of care.
1.To assist with maintaining a suitable learning environment for all staff, to include relevant preceptorship/mentorship and to be actively involved with in-house training.
2.To promote a team culture of enquiry and learning that enables individuals to openly question, reflect and learn from their practice.
3.To remain personally up to date with matters relating to nursing practice and ensure own professional development.
4.To be aware of changes in policies and procedures.
5.To attend mandatory updates.
6.To attend ward meetings
7.To complete clinical and equipment competencies
8.To teach and assess staff on relevant clinical and equipment competency.
1.To assist with the orientation of new staff.
2.To assist in the development of new staff and students, assessing practice when necessary.